Cultural Event | Monmouth County Racetrack

The Au Pairs and I headed to the Monmouth County Racetrack for this months cultural event. I was joined by Au Pairs Jessica, Chantelle, Ludmila and Geralene.


Monmouth County Racetrack


This event was Jessica and Geralene’s first and Ludmila’s last event. Always so nice to welcome new Au Pairs and so hard to say goodbye when the year (or in Ludmila’s case, 2) are over. Since we were going to the horse track and didn’t know much about betting, my husband and Ludmila’s boyfriend joined us this time. We started off getting subs at a deli outside of the arena and filled our cooler with good food, drinks and chips. The owner was so nice that he gave us free passes into the place!

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We found a picnic table right by the track and ate and looked over the program. My husband taught us how to place bets on the horses and, for practice, we made friendly bets with each other…based on the name of the horse we liked the best; of course! My favorite part was running over to the gate to watch the horses fly by up close. After a few friendly bets, we decided to place a couple real bets. We only spent between $2-$5 per bet.

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After lunch, we decided to head up into the bleachers to see the whole track from above and get some Italian Ices. We didn’t have much luck with the betting, so all the girls took a break on that, but the boys placed a few more bets while we took some videos. The three Au Pairs from South Africa, Chantelle, Jessica and Geralene, filmed a video about the cultural differences between South Africa and America. Ludmila filmed a video about Au Pairs and driving. As luck would have it, on the last race, my husband bet $2 on horse that was picked 40:1…and he won! The pay out was $300! We would have insisted he take us out to dinner, but everyone had plans that night…next time!

So hard to say goodbye to Ludmila! She was an awesome Au Pair and will always be an awesome friend!


Au Pair Sis

As a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair, I am constantly trying to improve the cultural childcare experience for my Au Pairs and Host Families. I was approached by an Au Pair in my cluster who wanted a way to connect with other Au Pairs and learn more about the American culture. I approached Go Au Pair about this and after months of preparation, we released the Au Pair Sis program. This is an interactive online community that offers support and guidance during the Au Pairs stay in America and beyond. I was fortunate enough to be selected as the Au Pair Sis! Each week, I post blogs and videos about Cultural Differences, recipes, crafts, games and we even have a book club and a weekly Ask Au Pair Sis; where Au Pairs can ask questions to other LARs and headquarters.  Learn more about the Au Pair Sis program here

If you want to check out our interactive online community, we are on Facebook:, Twitter: and Pinterest:

It has been so much fun working with a company that actually cares! I look forward to connecting with you in our online community!

Rui, an Au Pair from China- In the Country!

“I love children and I hope to grow up with them.”
Rui is part of the cultural childcare program. Giving your child the gift of experiencing different cultures can last a life time. Parents are always looking for new ways to bring culture into their home. Enrich your child’s life as well as the life of another person by making the connection with an Au Pair. An Au Pair will come from another country to experience the American culture and provide childcare for your family. The cost is low and the cultural care experience is priceless. To get started, click here:
Name: Rui Age: 23 Availability Date: 11/29/2012 Nationality: China English Rank: 4
Program Type: Standard Au Pair, Transition Au Pair Type of Experience: Tutoring, Volunteer Age Experience: Under 2 years old, 2-5 years old, 5 -10 years old, Over 10 years old Driver’s License: Yes Infant Qualified: Yes
Education: Some College Languages: English, Mandarin Hobbies: Sports, pets, music
How has Rui been described by references?
Summer is a kind and patient girl who loves to play with children.
Why does Rui want to be an Au Pair?
It is a great chance to learn more about Western culture and learn a different language.

Bring Culture into Your Home

Want to bring culture into your home and teach your family about another country? Welcome an Au Pair into your home! For a weekly stipened of less then $200 a week for 45 hrs of childcare, you can have live-in childcare on YOUR schedule. Au Pairs are seeking families across America so they can provide childcare and learn about our culture. In return, they will teach your family about their culture and offer you childcare as a member of your family. Learn about our transparent pricing and payment plans! I am a Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair. If you are interested in a cultural care experience for your family click here: or feel free to contact me, Janine 609-642-2642.

I would love to tell you why Go Au Pair is the best agency to choose for your cultural childcare experience. They offer transparent pricing, they will arrange a flight for your Au Pair on YOUR schedule, they offer an online community to assist your Au Pair in growing accustom to the American lifestyle and how to teach your family about their culture and  Go Au Pair is waiving the registration fee! That means you pay nothing unless you match with an Au Pair. They also offer mutual matching so you and your Au Pair can pick each other to make sure that you are a good fit! Call me now for more info 609-642-2642


Cranberry and Dried-Cherry Relish

Makes 3 cups.

1 packages (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries (no need to thaw if frozen but I always use fresh during the holidays)
1 cup dried cherries
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 cup sugar
2 cups water

In a large saucepan, combine cranberries, cherries, sugar and water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until most of the berries have burst and liquid is syrupy, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Cover, pressing plastic wrap directly on surface of relish and refrigerate.

Make Ahead: Can be made up to two weeks ahead and refrigerated.

This recipe from  Savoring Time in the Kitchen has been adapted from Martha Stewart

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Thanksgiving Teepee Cupcakes

Mix a cake mix according to the package directions. You will need to get a disposable aluminum baking pan. Turn the pan upside down and poke a few small holes (maybe a half inch wide). Fill your sugar cones two-thirds full of batter and stand them up in the holes in your pan like this:
They tend to topple as the batter rises, so you need to keep an eye on them in the oven. You may have to stick your hand in the hot oven and right the toppled ones. Be very careful when doing this. Hot ovens can burn you.

Stellar instructions, no?

Also, you should put your oven rack on the lowest shelf possible, so as to keep the tops from getting too brown. The bottoms will be very brown, but we will take care of that later on.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until the batter springs back lightly when touched. Remove from the oven and immediately snip off the bottom of the sugar cone (which will now become the top of our teepee). You must do this immediately when the cone is still warm and soft. Otherwise, it will break into pieces.

You can also snip off the cupcake if it’s too rounded, ensuring that your teepee will stand flat. The bite you cut off goes in your mouth. Do not skip this step. It’s very important. You must not discard those bites. Eat them. Eat them now, dammit.

Then take three pretzel rods and stick them on the top of your teepee. I used bamboo skewers and/or toothpicks last year, but a reader gave me the pretzel rod idea, which I totally like better [thanks, tallkate!]. I also found the whole pretzel to be a little long, so I broke each piece in half before inserting it into top of the teepee.

Your teepees will now look like this:

While they are adorable, they are not quite done. Melt a handful of chocolate chips in the microwave and stir until smooth. Dip the bottom of your teepee in the chocolate like this:

Doing that kind of seals the cupcake in and prevents our friend gravity from pulling it downward. Then roll it in green sprinkles for grass (or autumn leaf sprinkles for leaves), or pink barbie sprinkles, if that’s your thing, and so on. I went for the grass and leaves. I’m such a traditionalist, I know:

Take a little of the melted chocolate and pipe around the pretzels to hold them in place (and provide a delicious bit of chocolate pretzel to eat later).

And voila! A happy little Indian village to decorate your table at Thanksgiving.

This AMAZING idea is from These Are a Few of My Favorite Things.

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